The windshield is probably the most underrated component of an automobile. In addition to shielding the occupants of a vehicle from harsh weather elements and dust and debris from the road, the windshield is also a crucial safety feature.
It provides the strength which enables the vehicle to maintain its structural integrity in a crash and plays a vital role in the proper deployment and inflation of airbags. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that your windshield is always in optimal condition.
Most people believe that the only time you need to replace your windshield
is when it completely shatters. The truth, however, is that there are a number of other signs which indicate that your windshield is nearing the end of its useful life. Here they are:
Scratches, Chips or Cracks
A vital requirement of safe driving is to have a crystal clear view of the road ahead. And, to have a crystal clear view, your windshield needs to be in tip-top condition. Blemishes such as scratches, chips or cracks can affect the driver’s perception of the road, and impair their ability to accurately judge the distance to obstacles and other vehicles on the road.
Furthermore, cracks or chips on a windshield will also cause it to lose a considerable amount of its rigidity and strength. A damaged windshield will not be able to prevent the roof of a vehicle from caving in if the vehicle rolls over in an accident.
Evidence of Pits on the Windshield Surface
A car’s windshield being pelted with flying debris is a common occurrence on highways. However, if you’re noticing that these tiny, sharp pieces of rock remain stuck to the glass, chances are that small pits have developed on the windshield surface. Pits on the windshield can be a significant driving hazard, especially during nighttime. They can cause the light beams from suddenly appearing light sources to scatter, which can momentarily blind or ‘dazzle’ the driver.
Moreover, pits on the windshield can also compromise the driver’s road visibility when it rains. They capture the rain water sliding down the windshield, adding to the already dangerous driving conditions.
Pits on the windshield can be notoriously difficult to spot. The best time to check for them is during dawn and dusk because that’s when they’re visible the most.
When it comes to road safety, you shouldn’t make any compromises! If your windshield is showing any of the signs mentioned above, get in touch with us at Auto Glass in San Antonio. From minor repairs to full replacements, we provide all types of auto glass services. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.